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Morongo Band of Mission Indians

In its ongoing work to support local youth in the community, the Morongo Band of Mission Indians near Palm Springs, CA presented the Banning Pass Little League with a $20,000 contribution to help the organization purchase new baseball equipment for its youth players.

“Supporting local youth by creating new opportunities for learning and recreation is very important to our Tribe,” said Morongo Tribal Chairman Charles Martin. “The Banning Pass Little League provides local kids with a safe and healthy environment to learn the great game of baseball and to develop positive qualities, like sportsmanship, teamwork and integrity as they build friendships that will last a lifetime.”

Pictured: The Tribal Council for the Morongo Band of Mission Indians presents a $20,000 donation to Banning Pass Little League officials to purchase player and field equipment. Pictured from left to right: Morongo Tribal Council Member Teresa Sanchez; Morongo Tribal Council Member Theresa Mathews; Banning Pass Little League Secretary Ashley Radke; Banning Pass Little League Treasurer Annette Sigala; Banning Pass Little League President Johnny Sigala; Morongo Tribal Vice Chair James Siva; Morongo Tribal Council Chairman Charles Martin; Banning Pass Little League Vice President Robert Sibole; Morongo Tribal Council Member Mary Ann Andreas; Banning Pass Little League Manager/Coordinator Tony Salazar; Morongo Tribal Council Member Brian Lugo.

Pictured: The Tribal Council for the Morongo Band of Mission Indians presents a $20,000 donation to Banning Pass Little League officials to purchase player and field equipment. Pictured from left to right: Morongo Tribal Council Member Teresa Sanchez; Morongo Tribal Council Member Theresa Mathews; Banning Pass Little League Secretary Ashley Radke; Banning Pass Little League Treasurer Annette Sigala; Banning Pass Little League President Johnny Sigala; Morongo Tribal Vice Chair James Siva; Morongo Tribal Council Chairman Charles Martin; Banning Pass Little League Vice President Robert Sibole; Morongo Tribal Council Member Mary Ann Andreas; Banning Pass Little League Manager/Coordinator Tony Salazar; Morongo Tribal Council Member Brian Lugo.

Banning Pass Little League President Johnny Sigala thanked Morongo for the donation which will help the expected 450 local youth who will participate in the league this year by providing new and needed gear and field maintenance equipment.

“We deeply appreciate this generous donation from the Morongo Band of Mission Indians which will help hundreds of children in the Banning area, now and in the years to come,” Sigala said. “Morongo has truly made an essential investment in the future of this league, and we can’t thank the Tribe enough for its efforts to make a difference in the lives of so many young players across the community.”

Morongo tribal leaders remain committed to improving the wellbeing of communities across the Riverside and San Bernardino counties. Over the past decade, Morongo has given over $10 million to support local and regional nonprofit organizations that help seniors, families, veterans, youth and those in need.

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About the Morongo Band of Mission Indians

The Morongo Band of Mission Indians is a federally recognized American Indian tribe located in Cabazon, California. As a sovereign nation, the Morongo government establishes tribal policy and operates numerous departments that provide fire protection, public safety, environmental, educational, cultural, healthcare and public works services to its tribal members and residents of the 36,000-acre Morongo Indian Reservation, set at the foot of the beautiful San Gorgonio and San Jacinto mountains. Morongo employs nearly 3,000 people and generates nearly $3 billion in regional economic activity across a diverse portfolio of business enterprises in gaming, finance, healthcare, manufacturing, retail, hospitality, tourism, dining and recreation. The tribe owns and operates the 27-story Morongo Casino Resort & Spa – the tallest building in Riverside County.

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